Fairfax County School Board delays start of school year by 2 weeks

Virginia’s Fairfax County School Board has delayed the start of the school year to allow teachers and staff more time to plan for changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In an online meeting on Thursday, the board postponed the first day of school for students by two weeks, from Aug. 25 to Sept. 8.

Board members said the move is to provide additional time to plan instruction, allow for professional staff development and to finalize transportation and other operational details.

Fairfax County School Board member Karl Frisch said he was first opposed to the changes, saying he thought that “bumps in the road” would happen no matter when they started.

But after talking to teachers and staff over the last few days, he changed his mind.

“They have convinced me that without additional time to set the master schedules, the results would be calamitous and far from the bumps in the road just mentioned,” Fisch said.

Fairfax County School Board member Megan McLaughlin said the delay is not ideal, but it’s necessary.

“It’s one that I believe all 12 of us on the board are wrestling with knowing the impact it has, especially how much we want our children to get back into school, but we absolutely have to get this right,” McLaughlin said.

Fairfax County Public Schools is the largest school system in Virginia.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct a school board member’s name. 

More Coronavirus news

Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites here: Virginia | Maryland | D.C.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.

Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here.

© 2021 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up